PUBLISHED BY THE SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Volume 34 (actually 31), Number 4
GENERAL SYNOD "14"
In five days, the General Synod delegates were in meetings more than 70
hours. More than 130 separate items of business were considered by the 705
delegates from 39 conferences. Worship, Bible study, major addresses, music,
celebrations, receptions and elections all filled the days with excitement for
delegates and visitors. While our Southeast Conference delegates did not always
vote alike, they always voted to close debate.
The Rev. Carol Joyce Brun was elected Secretary of the United Church of
Christ. She comes to that office having been an assistant to the President of the
As we reported in the last issue of the SE News, Libby Scott of Central
Church in Atlanta was elected to the Executive Council.
Youth and Young Adult Ministries was designated as the one additional
priority of the UCC for the next four years. This new priority joins the ongoing
priorities of Peace and Family Life.
Major constitutional changes which influence the ministry were approved.
These constitutional changes need to be ratified by two-thirds of the Conferences
before they go into effect.
Stewardship also was the focus of the Synod where individuals and
families were urged to contribute at least 10% of their income to their church and
congregations were encouraged to give an amount equal to at least 25% of
current expenses toward Our Church's Wider Mission Basic Support.
The United Church of Christ will continue to struggle with the theological
and biblical understandings of marriage and family life. The UCC will also
continue to study the focus and place of Health and Human Services within our
structure as a Church.
The delegates left tired, hopeful, disappointed, excited and all seeking to
be faithful to what the people of the Southeast Conference had asked them to do.
The delegates are available for reporting to local churches. They are as
Ms. Freda Brown, 499 Emory Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307 (Central
Mr. Molbro V. Roberts, c/o Midway Congregational Church UCC, Midway,
Mr. Mark W. Frey, Pastor, Barton Chapel, P.O. Box 234, Robbins, TN
Rev. John Schofield, 409 S. Trammel Ave., Fairfax, AL 36854 (Pastor,
Langdale CC, Langdale, AL)
Rev. Emmett O. Floyd, Conference Minister, SE Conference, P.O. Box
29883, Atlanta, GA 30359
Rev. Floyd Carmack, SEC Moderator, 10654 Eagle Dr., Jonesboro, GA
30236 (Pastor, Bonanza, Jonesboro)
Women of the Word: Pilgrims Stiii
will be the theme of the UCC Women's Southern Regional Meeting to be
held at Monteagle, TN on Oct. 14-16, 1983. Registration deadline is Sept.
20th— the cost is $55.00. United Church of Christ Women from all over the
Southern Region will be gathering to celebrate and affirm their identity as
"Women of the Word." It promises to be an uplifting experience! One you won't
want to miss. A registration form is printed on page 3. Hurry so you don't miss
the September 20th deadline.
Sept. 5 Labor Day
Sept. 8 1st Day of Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 16-17 Alabama-Tennessee Association Meeting
Church of the Savior, Knoxville, TN
Sept. 18 American Indian Ministry Sunday
Sept. 25 to
October 2 Christian Education Week
Oct. 1 North Alabama Association Meeting,
Old Liberty Grove Church, Town Creek, AL
Oct. 2 World Communion Sunday & Neighbors In Need
Oct. 8 South Alabama Association Meeting,
First CC Church, Andalusia, AL
Oct. 9-15 Laity Sunday; Access Sunday; Handicapped
Oct. 14-16 Southern Regional UCC Women, Monteagle, TN
Oct. 1 6 World Food Day
Oct. 22 East Alabama Association Meeting,
Phenix City, AL
Oct. 23 World Order Sunday
Oct. 24 United NATIONS Day
Oct. 28-29 Georgia-South Carolina Association Meeting,
Oct. 30 Reformation Sunday
HOW ACCESSIBLE IS YOUR CHURCH???
Many congregations in tlie United Cliurcli of Clirist will be observing
Access Sunday and Handicapped Awareness Week in October. Since 1983 is
the "International Religious Year of Persons with Disabilities," your congregation
may wish to make a special effort to make your facilities accessible and to
celebrate the gifts of the disabled in your congregation.
REVISION OF "MINISTER'S PARSONAGE ALLOWANCE
AND SOCIAL SECURITY" BOOKLET
Conrad Teitell, author of the "Minister's Parsonage Allowance and Social
Security" booklet, has reported that the Internal Revenue Service has
postponed— for most ministers— the effective date of the Revised Ruling 83-3,
which limits the interest and property tax deductions for ministers having a
parsonage allowance. However, ministers who bought houses after January 2,
1983, are immediately affected by the Revised Ruling 83-3.
If a minister "owned and occupied a home before Jan. 2, 1983, (or had a
contract to purchase a home before Jan. 3, 1983, and subsequently owns and
occupies that home), the revenue ruling will not be applied to that minister until
the earlier of the date on which the minister no longer occupies that home or
January 1, 1985," states the IRS Announcement 83-100.
This ruling, as well as new Social Security legislation, will be fully
explained in the new "Minister's Parsonage Allowance and Social Security"
booklet, which will be available in December.
In the last issue of the SE News, we reported that Rev. David L. Beebe of
Pilgrim Congregational UCC in Chattanooga, TN read a collection of his own
peace poems in a Peace Celebration in that city. We thought the people in the
Southeast Conference would enjoy reading one of his poems:
"BLESSED ARE THE MEEK" (written March 18, 1983)
There have been some who walked upon the world,
gracing its earthliness with other dreams,
some promise of the creature that might rise out
of our earthling chronicle. And we have been
astounded, for a moment paused, then disbelieved.
or angrily denied.
How sliouid we be expected to receive tliese
intimations of tliose coming ones wlio sliaii be wiser
tlian ourselves are wise; who shall be stronger,
with a gentle strength;
who shall transcend, as once our race did so
the creatures which are beastly in our eyes.
Yet even in ourselves the fire is struck.
Here, in our very frame, our hearts, our minds,
smolders the tinder which might burst in flame.
We are the restless peacemakers not yet at peace.
We are the ones who could perceive
Truth with pure hearts. And on our lips the Name.
Courage, my sisters! brothers! Gently come,
inherit earth. Our sure nobility
is gentle and humane. The world will wait in wonder,
and will set its arms aside when,
from a thousand homes the voices speak,
crying that only Mercy shall be great.
In Brief ...
Steve Akard, Student Associate Pastor of Church of the Savior, UCC,
Knoxville, TN, is asking that any local pastors who would be pleased to do so
send Rev. John Lackey the names of any UCC students from their congregations
who are or will be moving, or who have moved to the University of Tennessee at
Knoxville. Write to Rev. John Lackey, Church of the Savior, United Church of
Christ, Weisgarber and Lonas Roads, Knoxville, TN 37919. Perhaps this would
be a good service for all local pastors to provide for each other!
SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE OCWM REPORT (1/83-6/83)
Belvidere, 1st United $2,207.59
Birmingham, 1st 3,015.87
Birmingham, Pilgrim 2,615.00
Chattanooga, Pilgrim 6,192.00
Cullman, St. John's 3,600.00
Deer Lodge C.C. 660.00
Fairfield Glade Community 1 , 1 88.75
Garden City C.C. 115.50
Glen Mary C.C. 15.00
Knoxville, Church of the Savior
Pleasant Hill, Community
Robbins, Barton Chapel
Total AL/TN Association
Total North AL Association
East Tallassee, C.C.
Total Central AL Association
Total East AL Association
Baker, Pyron Chapel
Total South AL/NW FL Association
Lilburn, Button Gwinnett
Total GA/SC Association
Total OCWM Jan. to June, 1983
HUNGER ACTION FUND
How can you, a member of the United Church of Christ help to:
... provide grants to more than two dozen local and regional hunger-
... participate in public-policy advocacy with the U.S. Congress and state
... provide consultations among UCC conferences engaged in hunger-
... participate in ecumenical organizations working on hunger issues?
... increase hunger awareness in our churches and communities?
By giving to the UCC Hunger Action Fund, you can help to make all of
this— and more— possible. The Hunger Action Fund is the one appeal in our
denomination that is focused entirely on hunger concerns.
Most congregations in the UCC will receive gifts for the Hunger Action
Fund between World Communion Sunday (Oct. 2nd) and Thanksgiving Sunday
(Nov. 24th). Please give as generously as you are able!
PRIORITY: FAMILY LIFE
Wanted: Pictures of family life celebrations in your church and conference
for possible publication in the newsletter, "Families." Please send with caption to:
UCBHM, 132 West 31st Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001, Att.: F.
This newsletter is available free of charge to all interested churches and
church groups. Write: United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, 132 West
31st Street, New York, NY 10001, Attention: Faith A. Johnson.
NEWS & NOTES
We welcome two of our UCC Army Chaplains to our area. Chaplain (LTC)
Stanley G. Roat and Chaplain (MAJ) Lafayette T. Wilkins have recently reported
to Fort Gordon near Augusta, Georgia.
Ms. Karen Knodt, a Vanderbilt Divinity student, who has been supply
pastor for our new church. Church of the Good Shepherd, in Crossville, TN, has
resigned to accept a scholarship to study with the World Council of Churches in
Geneva, Switzerland. We thank her for her service here and wish her well in her
Mr. Mark W. Frey has resigned as pastor of Barton's Chapel at Robbins
and Glen Mary Congregational Christian in Tennessee. He and his wife will serve
as Habitat for Humanity directors in Zaire, Africa for two years. Our prayers and
best wishes go with them.
A JED Teacher Training Event was held on August 13, 1983, in Huntsville,
Alabama. Huntsville UCC was a co-sponsor of this event. Ellen Bergman and
Carol Johnson, members of Huntsville, led a workshop for the Elementary Age
Group. Ellen Bergman also led a workshop entitled "Christian Education in Small
(From the desk of Curtis Schumacher, Pleasant Hill, TN)
A Christian can never delegate his privileges and responsibilities to
NIN Offering Offers Help
Please give generously to the 1983 Neighbors in Need offering in order to
support program for children, the elderly, the sick, the disadvantaged, and other
neighbors in need in our country. You can make a difference!
THE SOUTHEAST NEWS
Published by the Southeast Conference
United Church of Christ
P.O. Box 29883
Atlanta, Georgia 30359
The preceding was a transcription from tlie original publication, except for
photographs and associated captions, a quotation by Martin Luther King,
Jr. on page 3, and a registration form for a UCC Southern Region Women's
meeting on pages 3 and 4. Neither the original nor the transcription are
copyrighted or have rights reserved; they are in the public domain for free
use. Copies of the original may be obtained from the Southeast Conference
This transcription was recorded on July 20, 2013 by l\/lilce Stroud, director
of Project 66-16, an initiative to record, compile and write the history of the
Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.